Jaron Olivecrona’s 11th hour mission to get to WTAC

Jaron Olivecrona has revealed an all-new livery ahead of the inaugural International Drifting Cup at Sydney’s World Time Attack Challenge.


It’s the first time the Feilding-based drifter will compete outside of New Zealand.


Olivecrona and the team arrived arrived on Wednesday, but they were nearly out of the competition before it even started.


The team discovered an issue only days before the car had to leave New Zealand, which meant the Hartley Engines and Motorsport-built V12 had to be plucked from the Nissan Silvia S14 before being sent to Australia.


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The car was shipped across without an engine and only put back together on Wednesday this week.


“Unfortunately the week the car was due to be put into the container we found an issue on the dyno,” Olivecrona told


“Everyone pulled through though. The Hartley crew have been outstanding to get our motor fully re-built and flown into Australia so we could fit it.


“The car arrived in the country without a motor and it was taken up to MN Motors. The motor was flown into Sydney and Dan Mackie [D1NZ judge] picked it up. Dan delivered it to the workshop and the team worked hard to get it running and ready to go.”


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Now the PartsTrader-backed car is ready and in its new AWS-designed livery set for the Friday/Saturday night show.


Despite the pre-event issues, Olivecrona lands in Sydney Motorsport Park riding a wave of confidence.


With a season of competition in the new setup under his belt the aim is to be up the top end come battle time on Saturday night.


“The goal for us is always to get to the podium, that would be pretty epic,” he said.


“I think the pool that I’ve been put into and how we may possibly progress through, which is very possible, I think we can have a good finish.


“Coming out of last season I began to get more confident with my battles. I like the idea of it.


“You’re basically battling for your qualifying position into the battles. I’m pretty excited that I get to have three battles in my pool before going up the ladder. By the time we get to that I’m hoping to be pretty confident in the car. It’s gonna be exciting.”


Yokohama World Time Attack Challenge takes place over October 12–13 at Sydney Motorsport Park. Practice for the International Drifting Cup is run on Friday with the battles on Saturday.


‘Fanga’ Dan Woolhouse, Carl Thompson and Jase Brown will also be representing New Zealand.


Photo: Danny Wood